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Posted: Aug 16, 2010 10:26 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 11:08 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: library, Metro Council, downtown, Baton Rouge, renovation, library board

Changes are in store for the downtown library. Earlier this year, the library board allocated $19 million for the project. There are three options the board will choose from: renovate, renovate with expansion, or completly re-build.

During Monday night's meeting, David Farrar outlined each of the three plans. To renovate the existing structure, studies estimate a total price tag of $9.5 million. If the board chooses to renovate and expand, the city will pay over $19 million, and rebuilding was estimated at $21.5 million with an additional $1.25 million for an underground parking garage. Just over three million dollars would need to be generated through a capital fundraising campaign.

Monday night, the library board held a public forum downtown to discuss the future options for the site. The meeting was different from a traditional public forum.

News 2's Michael Shingleton explains.

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